Passover, Freedom, Matzo Ball Soup, Goodbye

Passover, Freedom, Matzo Ball Soup, Goodbye

Posted on Apr 18, 2011 in all, holidays, soups & starters |

When I was pregnant with my first child, my grandfather used to meet me for breakfast or lunch at a slightly grungy diner up the street. Even if we met for breakfast, I’d order soup.  “You’re a cheap date,” he’d say.  “That’s what I hear,” I’d reply and scoop up broth, carrots, and celery.  I […]

What’s for breakfast?

What’s for breakfast?

Posted on Apr 17, 2011 in all, breakfast & brunch, jams & syrups |

Thick-cut challah bread with triple berry jam.  Apples baked with brown sugar and cinnamon topped with Cinnamon-Pear sauce.  Upside down French Toast with Strawberry-Vanilla Jam for dipping.  Buckwheat waffles with organic, local homemade blueberry syrup (rhubarb for the friend who takes umbrage with berries).  Feel free to stop by.

Jams & Spring

Jams & Spring

Posted on Apr 16, 2011 in all, holidays, jams & syrups |

As we head into spring…think about custom gift baskets from EMMA’s PANTRY or select items for Mother’s Day.  Today’s batch includes a new flavor: Triple Berry Jam – the depth of blackberries matched with the tang of blueberries and the sweetness of strawberries.  Available for shipping or local delivery.  Ask about custom flavors or dietary […]

Marbled Berry Cake for Passover and Honey Cake, too

Confession: I’m not a huge cake-lover.  My husband grew up on sheet cakes and still gravitates towards their slightly plastic frosting.  If I eat cake, it’s more apt to be a coffee cake (my brothers and I used to fight over the crumb topping) or one that somehow beats a great cookie. I love the […]

Mummy, why are you blushing?  AKA I have a past…

Mummy, why are you blushing? AKA I have a past…

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 in all, desserts & drinks | 4 comments

You might be one of the six people who read my first novel, Liner Notes.  If you were, then you know how I soundtrack much of my life.  I use “soundtrack” as a verb because it’s an active process for me; I’ve always navigated using music as the backdrop, much the same way film uses […]

Real 30-Minute Meals

Real 30-Minute Meals

The Real Deal about 30-Minute Meals You can’t turn a page or flip a channel these days without being bombarded by a barrage of ever-decreasing cooking times for whole meals. Dinner in under an hour has turned to the thirty-minute meal. Soon we’ll be cooking for eight in under eight. For starters, let’s be honest. […]

Cooking with Leftovers

Cooking with Leftovers

Waste Not, Want Lots –Or, How I Emptied the Fridge for My Spring Vacation Bizarre child that I was, I loved clipping coupons. I’d grab the shiny inserts from the Sunday papers, cut them with my mother’s special scissors, and arrange them in neat stacks on the counter where my parents would promptly ignore them […]

Blueberry Jam, Whole Wheat Spaetzle with Caramelized Onions, Spinach, and Leeks

Blueberry Jam, Whole Wheat Spaetzle with Caramelized Onions, Spinach, and Leeks

Posted on Apr 11, 2011 in all, breakfast & brunch, cooking with kids, jams & syrups |

To celebrate the launch of EMMA’S PANTRY, my line of organic jams, syrups, pickles, relishes, and granolas, I’ve been letting the kids try each new flavor as I make it. They have their stand-by favorites. Jamie’s a fan of the Apricot Butter, Daniel can eat a jar of Strawberry-Vanilla all by himself (yes, he has), […]

Scrambled, Preserved, Fried, and Cured: Culinary Adventures at Home and Around the Globe – 1 Mom, 4 kids, 82,000 miles, and 102 New Recipes

Posted on Apr 11, 2011 in all, family favorites | 2 comments

“If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.” – Carl Sagan “Mummy? Would you ever eat an insect?” This from my seven-year-old, Daniel, who is going through a fascination with all things winged or crawly. “You mean on purpose? Probably not,” I answer. “I did. I mean, […]